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Fortnite Action Figures (Series 02) - Dark Bomber - McFarlane Toys 2019

McFarlane Toys has really been surprising me lately. For many years I didn't much like the aesthetic of their product. Hyper-detail and gore does not appeal to me. So it just wasn't a natural fit. But at the same time, I can't deny that I was super impressed by a few offerings in those early years (Danger Girl and Wetworks in particular). However, in the 2010s they really upped their game with very amazing figures for Halo, Assassin's Creed, and The Walking Dead. The articulation and character selection was better than most of their competitors and I found myself buying figures that I had no connection to just because they looked so good. That trend has continued, and the variety in figure types has expanded impressively. This dynamic Fortnite line makes me really excited to see what develops with the DC Comics license (and the upcoming Dark Crystal figures of course). This Dark Bomber figure is pretty stunning. The monochromatic tones and mix of metallic and flat paints looks great. Let's check her out!
























Dark Bomber comes with the Thunder Crash, Dark Bag, a Rifle, and a figure stand.

























Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!


Here she is with Cuddle Team Leader.




And here is Dark Bomber with her 3.75" version from Jazwares.






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Fortnite: 3.75" Figures Wave 2 - Calamity & Dark Bomber - Jazwares 2019

I must admit I was a little worried about the 3.75" Fartnite (I'm leaving that typo - you're welcome) figures from Jazwares. The first wave didn't move nearly as well as I had expected. I actually don't know any sales numbers, but the figures have been warming the shelves since before the holidays. Jazwares has a history of ending toylines too soon. Their Hanna-Barbera and Assassin's Creed lines showed so much promise, but only ever saw a single wave. And their Sonic line lasted years, but still ended abruptly. So I was expecting a similar pattern with Fortnite, but it turns out they definitely had a second wave in the works, as well as a surprise 6" line that just recently hit the stores (I can't wait to see if they include any female characters in the future). I don't totally love the execution of these two 3.75" females in this newest offering. Dark Bomber is a simple repaint of Brite Bomber and Calamity has a costume that creates a lot of bulk and immobility. But these issues seem kind of universal in this scale. Let's check them out below!





Fortnite - Single 3.75" Figures - Wave 2
Calamity
Jazwares 2019



































Fortnite - Single 3.75" Figures - Wave 2
Dark Bomber
Jazwares 2019









































Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!


Here is Dark Bomber with her doppelganger, Brite Bomber.




And here is Dark Bomber with her McFarlane Toys figure (review coming soon!)





From Left to Right: Teknique, Dark Bomber, Cuddle Team Leader, Brite Bomber, and Calamity.




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Masters of the Universe Vintage Wave 2 - Teela - Super7 2019

When Super7 announced their Masters of the Universe Vintage line, I was wholly uninterested.  I'm all about nostalgia, but I'm realistic (ie spoiled) enough to want to modern advances in sculpting and production. (I actually cringe a little when I see things like those boxy Transformers re-releases at Walmart). In my mind the Club Grayskull MOTUC figures are a perfect blend of vintage aesthetics with modern production, and these vintage rehashes are just... unimaginative. But then the first female offering in the Super7 Vintage line was a She-Ra that filled a huge void in my collection and suddenly I was on-board for anything they had to offer. This Teela figure from wave two surprises me by making me realize how inaccurate the original one was. The new sculpt captures all the Filmation details perfectly. I'm thrilled with how good she looks. Now i'm really excited to get the upcoming Evil-Lyn and Shadow Weaver (and even that weird ice blue Teela). Let's check out the Vintage Series Teela below!









Teela's body has the same sculptural quirks as the original vintage toy - including oddly-position legs and hands.


















The figure came with this great pack-in card in lieu of a mini-comic.






Her accessories are a Filmation-style shield and sword (no snake armor this time).















Teela also has an action feature where her waist has a "spring back" motion like she is swinging her sword.









Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!


Here she is with the Series 01 She-Ra figure from last year. I would love to see a re-release of She-Ra with paler skin that matches Teela. The tan skin matches the vintage Teela (and He-Man), but not the overall Filmation look.




And here she is with her (actual) vintage counterpart (sans snake armor)





Say what you want about Super7, but I think these are the two nicest Teela figures I've ever seen.  Club Grayskull Teela.






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My Little Pony the Movie - Captain Celaeno - Walmart Exclusive - Hasbro 2017

I've made several serious attempts in my life to become a Bronie. It's a life I can totally see myself diving into. And all my friends (at least the ones who know about my toy obsessions) assume I already am one. But I just couldn't ever get into the show and the toys just haven't drawn me in the way I would expect. But every now and then I see an MLP toy that excites me and I'll hunt it down. This figure of Captain Celaeno from My Little Pony the Movie was definitely one of those. The unfortunate thing is that this Walmart-exclusive figure never really hit the stores. As far as I can tell she was only released in Canada... until a few weeks ago when I found her FiveBelow!  I mean, if you have to wait two years to find a sought-after toy at retail, that's definitely a satisfying conclusion to the hunt. Captain Celaeno is an anthropomorphic parrot pirate voiced by Zoe Saldana. I'm kind of obsessed with her design. The green plumage and crystal peg leg are so cool to me. Plus the overall sculpt is great. Let's check her out below!










The above picture shows Captain Celaeno all geared up, but the series below will show her all stripped down.




That odd-looking leg cut is actually the source of her action feature. When you squeeze her legs together, her arm swings like a true swashbuckler.

















Here are all Celaeno's accessories: a hat, a waistcoat, two swords, a treasure chest, and Spike the Dragon.



























Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!


Here is Celaeno with her accessories: Spike the Dragon and a treasure chest.






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Avengers Endgame - Basic S02 Iron Man and Rescue 2-Pack - Hasbro 2019

I really thought Avengers: Endgame was a terrific movie. Despite my love for comics and superheros, I often shy away from film versions of the genre. Especially when something is pitched as a huge blockbuster with an expansive cast.  I still always see these movies of course, but my hopes are never very high. I much prefer smaller-scale films with detailed character development. But Avengers Endgame surprised me. It really look advantage of the groundwork laid by the 21 (!) previous MCU movies and told a compelling, cohesive, and exciting story. And it may seem silly, but one of my favorite take-aways was the long-awaited cinematic debut of Pepper Potts in her Rescue armor. She only had seconds of screentime, but it really made an impression on me. And it appears the merchandising community too notice too because there is a flood of Rescue product coming. My first purchase was a Funko Pop, but this basic figure it the one I was really looking forward to. Let's check her out below!















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Rescue has a ball-jointed head, hinge-and-swivel shoulders and elbows, and t-crotch legs. There is no torso, wrist, knee, or ankle cuts at all. Plus her backpack is sculpted on with no moving parts.





Rescue's only accessory is a blue energy blast that anchors in the palm of her hand.














I didn't even watch the Iron Man: Armored Adventures animated series from 2009, but it's pretty clear that the MCU Rescue costume us inspired from this look.

















Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!


Here she is with her pack-mate, Iron Man.







And here are the MCU Basic Ladies all together. From Left to Right: Scarlet Witch, Shuri, Captain Marvel, Rescue, Black Widow, Gamora, and Captain Marvel (Binary).




And here she is with the 2016 Marvel Legends Rescue.






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Iron Lady (Unlicensed Pepper Potts Rescue) PVC Statue - X Faction Studio 2017

This was a figure I really struggled with. I've seen it popping up on eBay for a few years and I always been really intrigued. I love Rescue as a character. There have been so few female Iron "Men"  in the comics (Rhodey Stark and Antoinette Stark come to mind - but they are both one-and-done type characters). So when Pepper Potts donned the armor I finally thought we had one with staying power. And I have been proven right. The new movie has really solidified her in the public eye. And I really like the blue armor in the MCU. But it made me quickly nostalgic for the classic red armor (which I felt would be completely phased out in the blink of an eye). So I caved and bought this Iron Lady. There are two big moral problems with this figure. Firstly, she's unlicensed. I'm known to pick up the occasional bootlego, but in general I like to respect intellectual property. Secondly, there is some major dubious intent here. Be forewarned, this is an adults-only collectible. Let's check out Iron Lady below!









This Iron Lady figures is essentially a 7.75" tall PVC statue with a ball-jointed head (and no other articulation). Her power blast, figure stand, and chestplate are removable.













Iron Lady comes with an alternate head with a raised visor. She actually came in the package with this head attached, but swapping them proved so difficult that I didn't want to tempt fate by swapping them back. She seems really sturdy, but I was still afraid I would snap her neck peg.










Here where things get sensitive. Iron Lady comes with a removable chest plate. If you buy a deluxe version of this figure (which I did not), she will come with an alternate - nude - plate. It's honestly just awkward. It doesn't seem sexy or erotic (which I believe is the intent), it doesn't seem empowering, scandalous, fun, or any other intent I can think of. It's just odd.












Despite the two moral hiccups with this figure, in this form she's a really nice addition to my small Pepper Potts collection. Her chest, even when covered up, looks borderline explicit. But she still looks more demure than a good third of my collection (thanks to the 90s and most of the noughties). It's tough because I (obviously) think the female form is beautiful and worth celebrating, but when the intent seems completely steeped in titillation (for males by males), it gets pretty skeevy.











Time for a Comparison Pic!


Superhero Squad, Mini-Mates, Iron Lady, Marvel Legends.




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Transformers Bumblebee Movie - Titan Changers 12" - Shatter - Hasbro 2018

I never would have a expected to have a Titan-scale 12" Transformer that actually transforms. I thought the Quickshadow figure from a couple years ago was the best we would ever get. But then the Bumblebee movie products rolled out and they included this 12" Titan Changers Shatter. I pretty much only pay attention to female Transformers characters, so I realize transforming Titans may have been around for a while, but this is all new to me. So when all the Bumblebee movie product starting appearing on the shelves, I was eagerly hunting this figure. Unfortunately it never appeared anywhere that I could find. I ended up ordering her from the Walmart website last week before she disappeared forever. I'm glad I finally bit the bullet, too, because she's a pretty cool action figure. Her construction appears a little cheap upon inspection (most of her body is hollow from the back, like a jello mold). But the overall look, transformation feature, and low price point make up for it. Let's check out Shatter below!

























Shatter's articulation is a little hard to define since she can transform (but those moving pieces aren't exactly articulation). She has no hip, waist, or neck articulation at all. She has ball-jointed shoulders, swivel forearms, hinge knees, and hinge ankles. The wings on her forearms are also removable (they come detached in the packaging).









For as simple of a figure as this appears to be, the transformation was actually pretty tricky. But I'm impressed how both the jet and robot versions have such nice designs.



















Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!


Here is Shatter with my only other 12" fembot, the Rescue Bots Quickshadow.




And here are all my Shatters together: both Energon Igniters figures and her Studio Series figure. The only figure I completely skipped on was the Mission Vision version (I thought it looked too clunky).




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Rescue Heroes - Series 01 - Sandy O'Shin (Water Rescue) - Fisher-Price 2019

Preschool toys have come leaps and bounds since my childhood. For some reason action figures were always reserved for older children, and the only ones we actually did get were blocky and rather boring. But kids these days have a ton of really fun options. They have aisles full of cutesy articulated animal characters, super heroes, and the most recent additions: the new Rescue Heroes from Fisher-Price. This line is a reboot of a pretty successful run with the same name from 1998-2004. However, these new figures incorporate the design aesthetics of the wildly popular Imaginext line with the larger and more durable construction of the original Rescue Heroes. The initial lineup of characters has been available on the Walmart website for a few weeks. There are seven different figures so far - all featured on a series of animated shorts on YouTube Kids. I'm eagerly awaiting more brightly-colored, punny-named heroes. Let's check out Sandy O'Shin (oh brother, that name) below!





There's a very good chance that these are Walmart Exclusives (That's where I got them), but I'm having trouble proving that.
















These figures all have a protrusion on their back that anchor them into their "vehicles" (which appear to all be glorified backpacks). All the figures can wear each others accessories.




These figures measure 6" tall and appear like giant Imaginext. Their shoulders are only hinge cuts, but they have independently moving legs and elbow hinges. Wrist and head articulation is the same as Imaginext. Also, these figures are awkwardly heavy. I feel like there must be metal inside of them because they have some serious heft. Perhaps that's intentional to balance the giant backpacks.




Sandy O'Shin is a Water Rescue Cadet and comes with a diving apparatus, a pincher claw, and two flippers.





















Here is a toy of the Aquatic character from the original Rescue Heroes (1999-2004), Maureen Biologist.












Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!


Here are the two female (New) Rescue Heroes so far: Sky Justice and Sandy O'Shin.




And here they are with the Rescue Heroes Wendy Waters Imaginext figure.




And here they are with the only "Rescue Heroes"-type figure I own, Venus Dazzle from Planet Heroes (a 2006 spinoff of the original Rescue Heroes).






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Rescue Heroes - Series 01 - Sky Justice & Hover Pack - Mattel/Fisher-Price 2019

When I started really getting into collecting Imaginext figures back in 2012, I was mostly excited about their DC Super Friends characters. But after a while I started diving deep into the history of Fisher-Price "adventure" toys and I discovered Rescue Heroes. These were larger scale figures (roughly 5-6" tall) featuring characters from various heroic professions: Fire fighters, police officers, lifeguards, etc. The line ran from 1998-2004 and had a ton of figures - including at least 19 females! But before you get excited, there were only three unique female characters, just with a zillion redecos. These figures themselves didn't really appeal to me, but I instantly had dreams of them being included in the smaller Imaginext line. Then in 2014, my dreams came true and handful of Imaginext Rescue Heroes were released (but it didn't last). Then there was nothing until this year's Toy Fair when Fisher-Price unveiled a whole new Rescue Heroes line in the original scale but with the Imaginext Aesthetic. Let's check out Sky Justice!








There's a very good chance that these are Walmart Exclusives (That's where I got them), but I'm having trouble proving that.
















These figures all have a protrusion on their back that anchor them into their "vehicles" (which appear to all be glorified backpacks). All the figures can wear each others accessories.




These figures measure 6" tall and appear like giant Imaginext. Their shoulders are only hinge cuts, but they have independently moving legs and elbow hinges. Wrist and head articulation is the same as Imaginext. Also, these figures are awkwardly heavy. I feel like there must be metal inside of them because they have some serious heft. Perhaps that's intentional to balance the giant backpacks.





Sky Justice is an Aerial Police Officer. She comes with a big hoverpack, a shield-launching accessory, and a helmet. The hoverpack has a grappling claw on a string that can be reeled in and out.  There is a button on the back that will spin the rotors.




























These screengrabs from the YouTube cartoon show Sky's skin as much darker than the toy. This aligns with her bio birthplace of Nigeria. It's a shame the toy isn't more accurate.






Here are a couple versions of the aeronautical character from the original Rescue Heroes (1999-2004), Ariel Flyer.















Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!


Here are the two female (New) Rescue Heroes so far: Sky Justice and Sandy O'Shin.




And here they are with the Rescue Heroes Wendy Waters Imaginext figure.





And here they are with the only "Rescue Heroes"-type figure I own, Venus Dazzle from Planet Heroes (a 2006 spinoff of the original Rescue Heroes).






Cheers!




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Marvel Legends - Spider-Man: FFH - Spider-Man & MJ Target Exc - Hasbro 2019

I don't usually collect action figures of civilian characters. Hell, I even hesitate when buying Black Widow figures because her outfits are usually so non-descript (aka boring). I want outlandish colorful spandex, ideally with capes and masks. But sometimes the execution of a figure is so nice that I gleefully push aside my snobbery and take my prize to the registers. In the Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home movies, the traditional role of Mary Jane "MJ" Watson is replaced with Michelle "MJ" Jones played by Zendaya. I liked the character and the actress in the first movie quite a bit, but she wouldn't have been on my list for a must-have Marvel Legends figure. However, once I saw her in person she was extremely hard to pass up. This is 100% due to the amazing face scans. Hasbro used an earlier incarnation of the technology for G.I.Joe Rise of Cobra products in 2009 with frightening results. The improvements are simply amazing (with the exception of the bafflingly bad Captain Marvel). Let's check MJ out!












Hasbro loves reusing parts. And this oversized hand has plagued me for years. If they would just scale it down a tiny bit (or shorten the fingers) it would look normal. Luckily she comes with two alternate hands that you'll see below.



















MJ comes with extra hands...whew. The non-splayed ones look much more in-scale.










MJ comes with two heads, and they are both fantastic. They have different hairstyles and different facial expressions, and both are perfect likenesses of Zendaya.


























Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!


Here is MJ with her pack-mate, Spider-Man (in his yellow coat).




Here is Michelle Jones MJ with Mary Jane Watson MJ.




And here is MJ's second head on the Jessica Jones body just for kicks.  With a little adjustment of the skin tone on the neck, this could be a decent way to display her second head. The ball-post on the Jessica Jones neck is a tiny bit smaller than the MJ ball, so the head fits loose.






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